Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 10/20/16

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

OCTOBER 20, 2016

 

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio; Peggy Pschirrer; Whitney Aldrich (late)

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  He advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were five people in attendance.

 

WHIPPLE HILL ROADMr. David Hewes recently heard about the Selectboard having approved an unlocked gate at the end of Whipple Hill Road.  He has used the gravel pit as a recreation spot and hunted around it for about 25 years.  He never saw any debris or even a beer can left behind.  The gravel pit is also used for target practice but it is a safe area.  There have been no issues.  On occasion Lane Construction has to run large equipment down Whipple Hill to get into the pit and they would not be able to get through with a gate there. He spoke to the manager of Lane Construction who said they do not intend to post “No Trespassing” signs on their property.  It has always been “open” property.  It should continue to be a public thoroughfare.  Mr. Dalessio was concerned about drinking and shooting when it was brought before the Selectboard.  Apparently none of the other abutters were consulted.  Mr. Whitney Aldrich came into the meeting. The road is access into a commercial business.  There are a number of things that need to be clarified. Following a lengthy discussion Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer agreed to visit the area, do research and re-consider their decision about Mrs. Spivey’s request to install an unlocked gate.  Mrs. Downing was asked to write a follow-up letter to Mr. and Mrs. Spivey to state that more information has come to the attention of the Selectboard therefore they need to reconsider their decision regarding the gate and other issues surrounding the property.  Please refrain from taking any action until they hear back from the Selectboard.              

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $555,942.30 for checks dated October 21, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With two members in favor, the motion was approved.

It was noted that the above amount includes a monthly payment in the amount of $513,448.73 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending October 22, 2016, in the amount of $22,042.78 for checks dated October 21, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With two members in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,652.65 for the week ending October 22, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With two members in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – October 13, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of October 13, 2016, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved. 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – October 13, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 13, 2016, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

  • Hooper Institute Committee Meeting – October 11, 2016

 

VETERANS’ TAX CREDITS:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the following property owners for Veterans’ Tax Credits:

PA29s:

  • Map & Lot # 022-017-000;
  • Map & Lot # 009-020-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-044-000;
  • Map & Lot # 021-003-000;
  • Map & Lot # 020-007-000;
  • Map & Lot # 010-043-001;
  • Map & Lot # 029-034-000;
  • Map & Lot # 017-012-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-032-000.

PA-35s:

  • Map & Lot # 013-019-000;
  • Map & Lot # 028-132-000;
  • Map & Lot # 016-014-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-095-001;
  • Map & Lot # 024-030-000;
  • Map & Lot # 010-020-000;
  • Map & Lot # 017-011-000;
  • Map & Lot # 012-070-000;
  • Map & Lot # 004-043-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-108-000;
  • Map & Lot # 019-014-001;
  • Map & Lot # 029-023-000;
  • Map & Lot # 014-014-000;
  • Map & Lot # 030-021-000;
  • Map & Lot # 020-003-000;
  • Map & Lot # 005-023-000;
  • Map & Lot # 029-010-000;
  • Map & Lot # 028-009-000;
  • Map & Lot # 003-022-000;
  • Map & Lot # 017-021-000;
  • Map & Lot # 009-062-001.

Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Fairpoint Appeal:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to split the refund due Fairpoint in the Abatement and use the $24,752.00 as a credit over the next two years.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved. 

All Saints Parish – Short Term Rental Form for November 8th – Election Day: Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Chair of the Selectboard, Mr. Steve Dalessio, sign the Short Term Facility Agreement for use of the All Saints Parish Hall for the Presidential voting on November 8, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.  

Personnel Policy Manual re: Legal Review Agreement:  Mr. Dalessio moved to authorize Mrs. Peggy Pschirrer to sign the Legal Review Agreement for the Personnel Policy Manual.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Water and Sewer Update:  Mrs. Downing reported that Mrs. Linda Edkins is double checking the figures.  Mr. Mark Houghton and Bryan will look at the reports.  Billing will be done next week.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

The following two policies were written by Mr. Tom Goins, Treasurer.

Collateralization of Public Funds, Treasurer Policy TP-004:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Treasurer’s Policy TP-004 – Collateralization of Public Funds.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Public Deposit Investment Pool, Treasurer Policy, TP-003:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Treasurer’s Policy TP-003, Public Deposit Investment Pool.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Southwest Regional Planning Commission:  An email was received from Mr. Ben Daviss who is representing the Town on the Board of the Southwest Regional Planning Commission.  Mr. J.B. Mack is offering to help the Town with a Traffic Study on Route 12 that would look at all the accidents, fatalities, etc. and the Town might possibly be eligible for Federal Safety Highway Funds to help make improvements  along Route 12.  It does not sound like there is any financial obligation.

Mr. Dalessio moved that Ms. Cheryl Mayberry be appointed to work with J.B. Mack at the Southwest Regional Planning Commission on the Traffic Safety Audit on Route 12.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Cemetery Deed:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Cemetery Deed for Lots D455 and D456 for David Howard and Heirs.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Selectboard Office:  The Selectboard approved Mrs. Downing’s request to take Friday, October 28th and Monday, October 31, 2016, off.  There will be office coverage.

New TablesMrs. Downing and Mrs. Edkins had discussed whether or not the new tables should leave the Town Hall building.  The Selectboard agreed to leave the decision in the hands of Mrs. Downing and Mrs. Edkins.

NH Water Council:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a copy of the letter from the Water Council to Patricia Rodrigues and John Corduff who are requesting a Motion to Appeal regarding the George Graves Gravel pit.  This letter will be kept in the file for future reference.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:35 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:53 PM.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:54 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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